Both the North and South adeptly gathered information important to their causes. The covert operations of civilian and military spy networks used the latest technology--disappearing ink, complex cyphers, codes, counter-intelligence, and propaganda--all while maintaining operational security. An invaluable tool in the game of espionage, the cypher wheel allowed both sides to carry on unending correspondence in secret code. Includes instructions on how to use cypher wheel. Approx 6 long.
Hollow coins can be used to carry secret messages undetected and can very easily be passed to a recipient. They can be safely handled without danger of separation and can easily circulate without leaving a trail.
A finely detailed metal model of the Confederate ironclad and archnemesis of the U.S.S. Monitor. Purchase along with the model of the Monitor (sold separately) and recreate their classic clash at Hampton Roads, Virginia in 1862. Comes with display base. Measures 6.75 x 2.
Fully functional compass in brass-hinged wood case. Blister packed on a four-color printed product card featuring educational text about civil war troop navigation on back. Measures 2.5 x 2.5 closed, and 5 x 2.5 fully open.
The famous painting depicting Robert E. Lees surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, VA, by artist J.L.G. Ferris. The painting highlights the high tone of the occasion, the nobility of Lee in defeat and the magnanimity of Grant in victory that began the long process of reuniting a divided nation. Completed puzzle measures 18 x 24 - 550 pieces.
Jaw harps were among the items traded by peddlers in the early American settlements, and later entertained the pioneers on their long treks west. The note the jaw harp produces depends upon the dimensions of its vibrating tongue, with interesting effects produced by changes in the players breathing patterns. A hardened steel vibrating tongue is mounted on the 3 1/2 metal (lead-free alloy) frame. Each harp is hand tuned and packaged in a poly bag with a history and instruction sheet.